Toshiba AC100 Review

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Posted 6 Sep, 2010 4:22 pm

The Toshiba A100 is the world’s first smartbook, or more precisely, the first smartbook to see a worldwide release. Earlier this year we did see HP release the Compaq Airlife 100 but that has only seen a release in Spain as far as I know. We’ve been promised this new “smartbook” segment for over a year now, been promised fantastic features like always on and huge standby times and we’ve seen many promo videos and prototypes at these large electronics events but nobody has ever released anything until recently. So, does the Toshiba AC100 deliver on the smartbook promises? How does it compare to current netbooks? Is it ready? Let’s find out.

Specs

  • 10.1″ 1024 x 600 display
  • Google Android 2.1
  • Nvidia Tegra 2 chipset (Tegra 250, 1.0 GHz)
  • 512MB DDR2 RAM
  • 16GB storage (flash memory)
  • 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi (+ 3G on models coming soon)
  • Bluetooth 2.1+EDR
  • 1.3MP webcam
  • 2x USB 2.0, mini USB, HDMI, SDHC card reader, headphone and mic jacks
  • Stereo speakers
  • 7 hour battery (25Wh, 2100 mAh)
  • 0.87 kg
  • 262mm x 190mm x 21mm

We should point out that there’s none of the following, which are requirements for Android to ensure a good user experience and for getting access to the Marketplace.

  • Touchscreen
  • GPS
  • Accelerometer
  • 3G (on Wi-Fi models)

Currently Android 2.1 is on board the AC100 although Toshiba Japan tells me version 2.2 is on its way and Chippy over at CarryPad got word from Toshiba (UK?) that the 2.1 update is coming in six weeks, however there is no word on whether 3.0 or later will be supported.

Packaging & Contents

Nothing special about the packaging. Just the AC100 itself, the power cables and manuals. Here’s our unboxing video below:

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